Philippines giant casino junket operator Suncity Group involved in a recent kidnapping. Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the arrest of eight individuals in two separate cases of gambling-related abductions. The total number of reported gambling-related kidnappings are 56 since 2017.
Six Filipinos are suspected of kidnapping two residents after loaning them US$38,300. The six said that the loan was for business, but the two gambled at a local casino. They added that the family of the two contacted the police while they awaited the payment.
The two other kidnappers are Chinese nationals. They are alleged to have abducted two of their countrymen luring them to Manila’s Okada casino. They had all their expenses catered for and were only required to gamble at VIP room operated by Suncity.
The two lost their chips upon arrival to the VIP room. They learned their lesson and headed back to their hotels. The two Chinese nationals are said to have tried to convince the two lured customer to continue gambling, by lending them money. However, they declined the offer and went back to their room.
Alarmed, the gamblers called a friend in Beijing, who then contacted hotel staff, who then contacted the AKG. Deng and Ou are now facing kidnapping charges.
Suncity has yet to comment on the incident or indicate whether or not Deng or Ou were actually on their payroll.
Recently, Chinese state-run media had stated that the casino operated illegal online gambling in China and Beijing. They went on to say that they are concerned about the safety of their citizens in the Philippines.